Accession Number:

ADA156989

Title:

An American Operational Maneuver Group.

Descriptive Note:

Student paper,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Carl Von Clausewitz wrote that a fundamental principle of the defense is never to remain completely passive, but to attack the enemy frontally and from the flanks, even while he is attacking...induce the enemy to deploy his force in an attack...we in turn attack with those forces which we have kept back...This attack can take place the moment the enemy actually attacks...disorganize it... force it into retreat... The Soviet operational maneuver group OMG will attempt to disorganize NATO and force rapid capitulation. Some have asked, Could the same concept be employed by using a US Army division in an OMG role operating up to 150 kilometers forward of the NATO FLOT for periods of up to seven days This study examined the feasibility of a divisional OMG attacking cross-FLOT to destroy Soviet follow-on forces, command and control centers, logistics bases and cut lines of communication forcing them to withdraw. Based on the analysis, it was concluded that the logistical support requirements and anticipated combat losses are of such a magnitude that US forces should not plan for commitment of a divisional OMG in the European environment. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE